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Redwood Library & Athenaeum Review

In 1747, Abraham Redwood gave 500 pounds sterling to purchase a library of arts and sciences; three years later, this Georgian-Palladian-style building opened with 751 titles. More than half the original collection vanished during the British occupation of Newport, but almost all of it has been recovered or replaced. Paintings on display include five portraits by Gilbert Stuart. Look for the portrait of the Colonial governor's wife whose low neckline later led to the commissioning of Stuart's daughter Jane to paint a bouquet over her cleavage. A guided 35-minute tour is offered daily at 2 pm.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840 | Map It
  • Phone: 401/847–0292
  • Cost: Free, tour $5
  • Hours: Mon.–Wed., Fri., and Sat. 9:30–5:30, Thurs. 9:30–8, Sun. 1–5
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  • Location: Newport
Updated: 12-23-2013

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